ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Michael Venezia - Galerie Greta Meert - November 27th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Venezia's early work can be placed&nbsp;within the NY art scene of the 1960s, which succeeded abstract expressionism&nbsp;and in which an innovative theoretical discourse on painting was formulated.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the autonomous, depersonalised&nbsp;creation process of the spray paintings, Venezia offered a unique reflection on the painterly gesture as a presumed&nbsp;condition for authenticity and authorship. By means of a spray gun, the paint was excessively applied to the surface until a drawing was formed 'autonomously'. The pictorial qualities of this technique could not be anticipated; they emphasise Venezia's interest in the&nbsp;process-based nature of painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A preference for metallic acrylic emulsions goes in line with an increasing use, in this period&nbsp;, of industrial materials and production techniques, yet the exhibition also includes some very nice results where irregular lines surround the central motif. These small details are interesting in that they allude&nbsp;to a 'brush-like'&nbsp;touch, even if they are, in reality, just a residue of the evaporated paint emulsion.</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:59:53 +0000 Valerie Krause - Galerie Greta Meert - November 27th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Valerie Krause&rsquo;s method is synthetic, her design is quite free and open. The composition of her work covers a large area of tension: both in the material (static/dynamic, hard/soft, solid/volatile) and in the design (open/closed, geometrical/anthropomorphic, streamlined/jagged). Transitional moments are respected and often even emphasized. Her work, however, remains within a classical concept of beauty that aims at the correct spatial proportions, dimensions and balance.</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:59:46 +0000 stef driesen - Galerie Greta Meert - November 27th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div class="tekst"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stef Driesen's works seek a delicate balance between colour, material and scale. The faded contours&nbsp; dividing the pictorial space betray a versatile handling of the brush. Through a specific treatment of the paint, Driesen creates a large margin between opaque and transparent effect. The matte texture lays a velvety film on the canvas, which confers a certain sensuality to its physical presence. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Each work is gradually built up, starting from the background; each new layer creates depth. In the underlaying space, a shimmering light seems to be enclosed that subsequently breaks through intensely or is subtly muted. Despite the vertical format, the strong transcendent quality of Driessen's&nbsp;paintings reminds one of romantic landscape painting, of the dramatic effect of natural light,&nbsp;the&nbsp;dynamics of the forces of nature in the work of William Turner. However, art-historical references remain intuitive rather than direct, as is the case for his entire oeuvre. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Driesen's dense, atmospheric plains seem to incorporate&nbsp;a range of emotions. It is not so much the artist's inner world that is being represented here, rather, the works look for a contemplative experience from the side of the spectator, they evoke more than they 'express' (in the expressionistic sense). </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition includes 7 abstract works. Yet, the artist's earlier figurative work can still be felt in the soft palette of flesh&nbsp;and earthy tones that is&nbsp;only rarely broken by intense orange or warm red, and in&nbsp;the monolithic, silent figures that unite fragility and monumentality. </p> </div> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:01:23 +0000 Tris Vonna-Michell - Galerie Jan Mot - December 5th 2:00 PM - 6:30 PM Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:05:26 +0000 Jef Geys - Galerie Micheline Szwajcer - December 10th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Solo Show</p> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:47:10 +0000 Sergej Jensen - d├ępendance - December 12th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:24:05 +0000 Group Show - Meessen De Clercq - December 12th 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The term Anthropocene was introduced for the first time in 2000 by climatologist Paul Crutzen. This concept, now recognized by the international scientific community, means that the human race has become a geological force in its own right. Its effects on the elements that constitute the Earth (water, air, land) have become so great that &lsquo;System Earth&rsquo; has undergone irremediable disruption and has begun an irreversible mutation. We are leaving one world and entering another.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The beginning of the Anthropocene is generally estimated to have been in about 1800, at the start of the Industrial Revolution in Europe. An infinitesimal period, almost zero in comparison with the history of Earth, was enough to cause a change comparable to the major upheaval that separates us from the Mesozoic era. Earth time has become measurable in the time of human action.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Scientists, philosophers and anthropologists as well as artists are joining forces to stress that there is an environmental emergency. The boundaries of knowledge are being re-drawn and this new era allows us a glimpse of new possibilities. In that respect, it is a fascinating mutation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">What resources and protective mechanisms does humanity have to cope with this new epoch? How can humanity contend with a change on this scale? How can we live on Earth?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artists invited for this group exhibition draw attention to the issue and come up with new ways of thinking and change our modes of perception in order to be able to respond to what is happening.</p> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:11:14 +0000